Hope for the believers
Are we running in vain, the race set before us? Every man that competes in a race has one thing in his mind; he competes to win the race but at the end, only one man will have the highest prize. The world sets a race and people will compete to win the prize and they strive so hard to win the crown but the crown is corruptible in the sense that it will fade away, the crown will not last forever but we run a race not seem with the naked eyes that we may obtain and win a crown; incorruptible, everlasting. The book of 1st Corinthians chapter 9 verse 24 to 25 gives us a clear view of our race to eternity (Heaven) and many; their love will wax cold for loving the things of this world, some will lose hope of the coming of Christ, but alas, He that will come, will come to reward those who endured to the end. The word of God written in the book of Corinthians stated above says; verse 24 ‘Know you not that they which run in a race run all, but one receives the prize, so run that you may obtain.Verse 25; ‘And every man that strives for the mastery istemperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we to obtain an incorruptible crown.’The crown of life which we shall receive fades not away, it cannot decay, or rust, it is not corruptible. We are not running in vain, the race set before us, the Christian race which leads to Heaven, our resting place.
If the world ask you the reason of the hope you have to live a true Christian life, different from the peoples’ way of life; your answer should not be; my pastor told me to live this way but it should be the reflection of 1st Peter chapter 2 verse 15; that your heart is sanctified by God and you are ready to run to the end because there is a resting place for the winners and a crown of life made with gold which will not fade away awaits you in the kingdom of God.
Christ in us is the hope of eternal life, our eternal life begins here on earth and eternity is in heaven in the kingdom of our heavenly Father. If you have Jesus; the savior of the world, you have eternal life and you will be changed into His glorious body, immortal, sinless in Heaven at last. It is goodto know and to distinguish between eternal life and eternity. Eternal life is brought by the awesome presence of Jesus (Salvation) in a life of a believer because from Jesus flows water of eternal life.We are called to be part-takers of this living water which Jesus gives freely without money. The book of Titus chapter 1 verse 2 says; ‘In hope of eternal life, which God cannot lie, promised before the world began’
God knows all things and He has made provision for eternal life. The tree of life which symbolizes eternal life in Genesis which was taken from the Garden of Eden and reserved in Heaven can be possessed by accepting Jesus into your life while living here on earth. Eternity is an infinite abiding in the presence of God in His Kingdom in which we need nothing physical to live, whether it is light, God will be our light and whatsoever we desire will not be found lacking but in the real sense weshould not have any need, no want, no kill joy, no death because God will wipe away all tears from our eyes and He is sufficient for us.
In this hope we cast our ‘drudgery’ even if there is any in Christian living, I believe there is no drudgery living a Christian life because we are not running the race by our strength but by the strengthof the Holy spirit that perfects, encourages, quickens and what have you? His commandments are not grievous. Do you know the love of many will wax cold, some will drop out of the race, giving in to falsified doctrine that Jesus will not come again and the saying that there is no Heaven, these will be the common heresies that will make some to be cold and with coldness, you are not fit again for the race, this is because even if you are strong, the race is not for the swift.
In the book of Hebrews chapter 6 verse 11 it says; ‘And we desire that every one of you do show the same diligence to the full assurance of hope to the end’
Hope to the end, is the definite character of a Christian and not only that, but with full assurance that Jesus Christ which ascended into Heaven will be received from Heaven at due time. I believe now the angles are standing in form, matching in parade for that great day. The day is only known to God the Father, it will be as a day in which all will be saying, peace and prosperity then, there will be a sudden destruction. In the eyes of the wise men of this world, it will be as a day when thieves will break into their house.
A song writer sang; ‘Blessed Assurance Jesus is mine’ when Jesus is all your need, Jesus is all you have. Our hope of heaven is not in any man, it was not promised by a man but it was a blessed assurance which we have from Jesus that the place in which He abides,there we shall also abide. Imagine being in the presence of God like those four beasts and the twenty and four elders, imagine being among the saints of the old, like Paul the apostles, the prophets of the old like Jeremiah, what a place to be! The only way to be there is through the awesome work of salvation by faith.
Total repentance and surrender to Jesus is the way out of sin and the way to eternity but remember, the refusal of this salvation is an opposite of what heaven will be like; Hell. It is not only the saved people have the hope of eternal life and eternity in Heaven now but also the sinners, why? It is because the grace of God that brings salvation has appeared to all men, teaching us that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously and godly in this present world, if you accept Jesus and be saved now. Titus chapter 2 verse 11 and 12’ emphasis added.
It is for everybody, the hope of eternal life. Eternity in heaven is not limited to different set of people, but to any caliber of person, who desires to be saved, will have the work of salvation evident in his life, he will possess eternal life and his eternity will be spent in Heaven in the kingdom of God. Our hope, trust and faith in Christ Jesus will never be in vain, you cannot run this race diligently and accordingly as Christ has commanded and at last you exchange your cross for hell God forbid.
But to be frank, some will exchange their cross for hell, do you know why? It is because they are not in the fold, they were never genuinely saved but they attached themselves to the Christendom, in the canopy of brethren but their names where never for once written in the book of life. For you to have a genuine hope of eternity in Heaven, you must be saved, if you believe you are saved but there is no newness of life ‘how can it be? You cannot come to the cross of Christ and still be dead in sin, you still love the old things you use to do, you are still engaging yourself in immoral activities, lusting after women, drinking and getting drunk, hatred and no love foryour family, there is no peace in yourheart, thereis no assurance from the Holy spirit bearing witness you are a new creature, then you are not saved at all.
Go to Calvary, come to the cross of Christ, plead for mercy, repent and forsake your sins, throw yourself at the foot of the cross where the precious blood will touch you, the blood still saves, still purges and through the work of the blood; Jesus will come into your life and eternity in Heaven is assured. What can wash away our sins? Nothing but the blood of Jesus, what can make us whole again, nothing but the blood of Jesus, how precious is that blood that makes us white as snow? Nothing but the blood of Jesus, it is thicker than water, it can away all your sins, no matter how grievous it might be, no matter how terrible your past life might have been, nothing but the blood of Jesus, there is no other fountain that I know that can save, purge and heal except the fountain of the Blood of Jesus Christ.
Eternal life, I want to have eternal life all the days of my life, and that is my hope of living, a crown of life waits for me, and through that street of gold I will majestically walk to meet my savoir, the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords. At the gate of Heaven I will drop my whole armor mentioned in the book of Ephesians chapter 6, at the gate and not on the way because I will see Jesus, what about you? I know you want to see Jesus.
I beseech you my brethren lastly to remember that the way is narrow and not wide, but trust in the abundant grace of God. The journey to heaven is by the way of the cross. Die to the world and the world totally dead to you. All who deviate from following Christ put tears in His eyes because the will of God is that none should perish but all should come to repentance. Are you one of them?